The congregation began services in 1924, and formally organized on 25 May 1925 with Jacob P. Friesen as leader. The first building was occupied in 1935 with a subsequent building program in 1952. J. P. Friesen, J. W. Reimer, and J. P. Wiens are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Kitchener Mennonite Brethren was known as the Molotschna Mennoniten-Brüder-Gemeinde until 1932. Worship services were first held in St. Jacobs. The languages of worship are English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
The church housed the Ontario Mennonite Brethren Bible School from 1955-64. Congregational leaders prior to 1955 included Jacob P. Friesen, J. W. Reimer, J. P. Wiens, P. Klassen, H. Konrad, Henry H. Janzen, D. Klassen, Isaac Ewert, J. Sudermann, Henry Thielman, Frank C. Peters and Jacob J. Toews.
Canadian Mennonite (28 June 1966): 17.
Er fuehret: Geschichte der Ontario MB Gemeinden 1924-1957.
"History of Kitchener MB Church." May 2008 Accessed 3 May 2008. <http://www.kitchenermb.com/history.html>
Mennonite Reporter (6 June 1975): 5.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 49; (17 December 1993): 16.
When Your Children Shall Ask: A History of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1957-1982. The Conference, 1982: 38-40.
Archival Records:Church records at Ontario Mennonite Brethren archives in St. Catharines.
Address: 19 Ottawa St. N., Kitchener, ON N2H 3K2
Website: Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church
Kitchener MB Church Leading Ministers
|Jacob P. Friesen||1925-1932|
|Henry H. Janzen||1932-1944|
|Henry G. Thielman||1945-1949|
|Frank C. Peters||1949-1954|
|Isaac T. Ewert (interim)||1954|
|Jacob J. Toews||1954-1959|
|William J. Schmidt||1959-1964|
|Isaac H. Tiessen (interim)||1964-1965|
|Frank C. Peters||1965-1973|
|John F. Froese||1974-1985|
|Grant Gordon (interim)||2000-2003|
Kitchener MB Church Membership
|Author(s)||H. H Janzen|
Cite This Article
Janzen, H. H. "Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 22 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kitchener_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=115816.
Janzen, H. H. (1957). Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kitchener_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=115816.
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